1st July, Spotlight Singaround with
Trygger’s Broome

Recently formed folk trio Trygger’s Broome are made up of two familiar faces from the local folk scene Anthony Burke (banjo and guitar) and Ellie Hill (fiddle) plus rock drummer turned guitarist Chris Papapetrou.

Expect an energetic set with a repertoire of folk favourites, some gutsy self-penned songs, lashings of harmony vocals and big choruses.

We’re looking forward to two great sets from them!
We’re also looking forward to a song from you! It is also a sing-around after all.

Entry is by £6 minimum donation (Cash or Card)


 

Steve Warner ~ June 17th

Steve Warner, UK based singer songwriter, musician, lyric writer and topliner writes in an acoustic/folk/singer songwriter style. Writing and performing for the past 10 years in various folk and acoustic venues in and around the London, he writes in an observational and storytelling style, with a knack of painting a picture in lyrics, melody and mood.

Entry is by £10 minimum donation (Cash or Card)


Working extensively with producer and singer songwriter Dan Wilde at Gladeside recordings, Steve has built an impressive catalogue of songs to get your foot stamping and your heart beating.

‘I really enjoyed hearing Steve Warner live. The delicate musicianship and tasteful production works really well alongside the powerful message.’ Jamie Roberts (singer songwriter)

‘Steve Warner makes a timely comment through his clever lyrics with an understated and heartfelt vocal performance’ Emily Slade (singer songwriter)

‘Steve’s warm arrangements soothes and comforts…then you listen to what the song is about. Masterful communication.’ Jon Bickley (invisible Folk club)

‘A beautiful man with songs you can’t forget, couldn’t help joining in with his songs’ Ward&Parker (band)

 

10th June, Spotlight Singaround with
Coppersmith

Living on the Isle of Wight, Coppersmith, consisting of Glenn Koppany and Linda O’ Connor play modern home crafted folk songs.

Glenn’s lyrics are moving and uplifting while Linda provides beautiful harmonies and recorder accompaniment.

Entry is by £6 minimum donation (Cash or Card)


Glenn has taken part twice in the Watford Folk Club Song Competition, winning in 2018, and getting to know some fantastic people in the process.

Glenn is a great writer and performer when playing solo, and we’re really looking forward to hearing him and Linda play for us.

So join us on an emotional journey of lost loves, historical tales, modern day angst and quiet heroism, these are songs you will remember.

27th May Spotlight Singaround with
Mandy Hardingham

Mandy Hardingham regularly sings at the Watford Folk Club performing floor spots and at singarounds.

We are delighted that she will perform two 20-minute sets at this spotlight singaround, giving us the opportunity to hear more of Mandy’s sweet vocals and delicate guitar style.

Performing traditional and contemporary songs, she will be joined by friends and family for what promises to be a brilliant evening.

Entry is by £6 minimum donation (Cash or Card)


 

Belshazzar’s Feast – May 20th

THIS IS ONE OF THE LAST CHANCES TO SEE BELSHAZZAR’S FEAST!!


Belshazzars Feast farewellWe are fortunate to have been able to find a date for them in our diary as this is the last leg of their final tour.

 

Please don’t be disappointed! Book early as we have already seen a big demand for tickets!!

Tickets £15 on the door, if you’re lucky or from:

https://www.wegottickets.com/event/541113 
(£15 + £1.50 booking fee)

Those attending Paul & Paul’s annual May and Christmas sell-out tours are treated Continue reading “Belshazzar’s Feast – May 20th”

13th May Spotlight Singaround with
Boris Magraw

It will be a real treat to hear two 20-minute sets from Boris Magraw, with a selection from his extensive store of songs ranging from English Traditional to Americana, all performed with passion in his own inimitable style.

Entry is by £6 minimum donation (Cash or Card)


Boris was born in 1950 Croxley Green and attended Chater School and Watford Grammar later obtaining a History Degree and PGCE

He taught in Dagenham for over 30 years and then worked at the National Gallery for 10 years. His likes include music, football and cricket.

Boris’s older brother was jazz fanatic and he always liked 1960s folk on the BBC with performers such as The Corries and Robin Hall & Jimmy McGregor. He then fell for Tamla and British R& B and then started going regularly to gigs. Helped run a folk club at University and worked in record shop. Got into blues and later country. His favourite band is The Grateful Dead.

 

Daria Kulesh ~ May 6th

Daria Kulesh has been described by Mike Harding as “one of the finest voices and one of the most intriguing and interesting songwriters on the present folk scene”.

Entry is by £12 minimum donation (Cash or Card)


Her performances are refreshing and mesmerising, full of passion and magic. Mixing her Eastern roots with Western folk influences, she creates an original and exciting sound.

Daria’s debut release Eternal Child was described as “phenomenal”, her second album Long Lost Home has enjoyed rave reviews and multiple awards, including LCM Album of the Year, and her latest studio release Earthly Delights was named “one of the year’s finest albums” by Folk Radio UK.

Daria has toured extensively in the UK and Europe, sharing stories and songs that are deeply personal but feel universal and timeless. Every performance is an “emotional, compelling and uplifiting experience”, leaving the audiences “completely spellbound”.

Born in Russia but based in the UK for the last 15 years, she fearlessly explores her heritage and turbulent family history in Ingushetia (North Caucasus) with songs that “aren’t just sung, but lived”.

 

29th April Spotlight Singaround with
Jill Waterson & Ady Shaw

Ady Shaw and Jill Waterson have been performing as a duo since 2016.  They have a mixed repertoire that includes traditional, contemporary acoustic and Ady’s original songs, which have been described as ‘powerful and passionate’.  Their songs are varied in terms of type, tempo and mood – ranging from heart-wrenching to funny.  All their songs feature original arrangements and strong vocal harmonies.

Jill has been singing since she was knee-high to a grasshopper in various settings including musical theatre, choirs, an acappella quartet, and, of course, folk clubs and has recently taken up the Bass Guitar.

Ady’s first musical influences were Burl Ives, the  Ian Campbell folk group, Buddy Holly, Bob Dylan, Ray Davies, Kurt Weill, Lennon and McCartney and Cole Porter.

He had three guitar lessons, and joined a pop band ,which after a year became a folk band and then played in a harmony based pop band, which after a year switched to folk, playing on the album “Stoke Folk “on Smoke Records in 1997, and recorded an album of original songs in Denmark St.

In the late 70’s Ady wrote a musical and came to Watford in 1977, where he played in bands and duos on the Working men’s club circuit for 30 years

In 2016, Ady decided to get back to his folk roots, and started coming to Watford Folk Club, where he has become a popular performer with a repertoire comprising his own original songs through to Traditional material and lots in between. Lately he has been joined by Jill Waterson.

Mitchell and Vincent ~ April 22nd

This coming Friday, April 22nd we welcome
Mitchell and Vincent.
 
Based in Somerset they bring traditional and contemporary styles on fiddle and guitar to folk tunes and songs from around the British Isles, as well as original material drawing on the folk traditions, using varied arrangements to create stories with their tune sets as well as songs.
 
Both Graham and David are also trained luthiers and play instruments hand-crafted by themselves.
 

After first meeting in a ceilidh band, they decided to form a duo and since then have gone on to perform concerts around the UK (including festivals such as Glastonbury, Broadstairs, Oxford, Lyme Regis and Beverley) as well as supported renowned musicians including Tim Edey, Archie Fisher MBE, Jackie Oates, Damien O’Kane and Kate Rusby as well as Ralph McTell and Wizz Jones.

Acoustic magazine praised their playing as, “Stunning”;
FATEA said, “Music that is beautifully played”;
Bright Young Folk described their performance thus, “Their sound is much deeper and richer than you would expect from an acoustic duo. Intricate instrumentalism and pulsing rhythms abound … providing skilled arrangements and expert delivery of tunes and songs which showcase the vibrancy, and variety, of folk music across Britain. A thoroughly engaging and enjoyable experience.”
Folk Radio review: “Sitting still to these might suggest that something is very wrong with you.”…”Timeless; exquisite production; great selection of tunes; social commentary. What’s not to like? Nothing.